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Buffalo Bills offensive line: 2016 better or worse than 2015?

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The Bills offensive line had three free agents that are all back in 2016.

The Buffalo Bills wanted to ground and pound in 2015, and they certainly did that, leading the league in rushing. A big part of their ground-game success was due to the offensive line and specifically the strong play on the left side. Did they improve enough this offseason to stay on top? No and yes.

Same

  • OT Cordy Glenn (incumbent starter)
  • OG Richie Incognito (incumbent starter)
  • OC Eric Wood (incumbent starter)
  • OG John Miller (incumbent starter)
  • OT John Mills (incumbent starter)
  • OT Seantrel Henderson (incumbent starter)
  • OT Cyrus Kouandjio (reserve)
  • OG Ryan Groy (reserve)
  • OG Cyril Richardson (reserve)

Additions

  • OC Fernando Velasco (free agent signing)
  • OC Robert Kugler (undrafted free agent)
  • OG Jamison Lalk (undrafted free agent)
  • OT Marquis Lucas (undrafted free agent)
  • OT Chris Martin (free agent signing)
  • OT Justin Renfrow (free agent signing)

Subtractions

  • OG Kraig Urbik (released, signed by Miami Dolphins)
  • OG Gabe Ikard (released, signed by Detroit Lions)

Buffalo made sure to keep the two biggest free agents on the team when they re-signed Glenn and Incognito this offseason while also retaining the rights to Mills who finished the season as the starter at right tackle. The only significant new free agent signing is Velasco, who could push Miller for the starting right guard job if the second-year player falters.

The Bills didn’t upgrade at either or their question marks; right guard and right tackle. They are hoping Henderson can return from his battle with Crohn’s disease or that Mills can hold down the fort. They also might still hold out hope for a big jump from former second-round pick Cyrus Kouandjio.

Verdict: Same

No significant signings and they swapped out one marginal starter/backup in Urbik with Velasco. In this case, same isn’t necessarily bad.